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Rocket from the Crypt Bootlegs

What do you get when a rock band gets big in the UK, Japan, and Australia?  A shit ton of bootlegs.  Rocket from the Crypt appeared on a good chunk of unofficial releases.

 

Super Ride 45

Cut It Loose b/w Boychucker

Live in Japan, released 1993

This is one of my favorites of Rocket's bootlegs.  Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies.  Recorded during the band's legendary first trip to Japan in 1993.  I was in Japan at that point, but did not learn about Rocket until a couple of years afterward.  Black vinyl.  The price was up and down for a while, but it is pretty stable these days.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Black 20-30 Stable
Sleeve Paper foldover, hand-numbered

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Rocket Queen EP

10 Forward/Call It a Complex b/w Ballot Fire/I Turned Into a Martian (live), released 1995

This record contains the three tracks that (for a while) could only be found on the original Japanese version of All Systems Go, along with one live track recorded in Japan.  This was (theoretically) originally pressed in an edition of 500.  Many variations of sleeves exist for this pressing.  Then, there was an additional pressing of 300 with a black & white, completely different sleeve.  That one is hand-numbered out of 300.  The vinyl is identical for both pressings: all translucent black (brown tint).  The price has been rising for this boot.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
1st Pressing - Black (500) 20-30 Up
2nd Pressing - Black (300) 20-30 Up
Sleeve Paper foldover
Credits rftc.com: blue, green, white sleeve images

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In the White Room (With Black Curtains) 7"

Born in '69 b/w Young Livers/On a Rope

Live at Westway Studios, London, 2/2/96, released 1996

This is the one of a wave of bootlegs that appeared along with Rocket from the Crypt's mid-90s takeover of the UK.  Two 7"s and two 12"s surfaced, all around the same time.  Black vinyl.  Wegi tells me the band was selling this and the Star Search record below on their 1996 European tour.  According to him, the band said that they caught the bootlegger before he could get the records into stores, and they took over.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Black 8-10 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy

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Star Search 7"

My Arrow's Aim/Rid or Ride b/w UFO UFO UFO/Light Me
Live at Maida Vale Studios, UK, January 1996

SS909, released 1996

Another in the line of 1996 UK bootlegs.  Black vinyl.  As stated in the previous entry, word is the band caught the bootlegger and started selling these on their own, at the shows of their 1996 European tour.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Black 8-10 Stable
Sleeve Full glossy
Test Pressing Black vinyl, white labels

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Radio and TV Broadcasts from the UK 1995 LP

Released 1996

Limited to 300 copies - this is a one-sided 12" that contains the same tracks that showed up on the In the White Room and Star Search 7"s.  Plain black sleeve with a hand-numbered insert, which apparently came in a couple of different colors.  Blue vinyl, one side of which has a very cool Rocket print on it.  It can sell for a fair amount of money.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
Blue 40-60 Stable

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Split Bootleg LP w/ the Misfits

Radio and TV Broadcasts from the UK 1995, released 1997

Radio and TV Broadcasts from the UK 1995 Repress, released 2009

This contains exactly the same recordings as the last entry...this one just has a 1981 Misfits set on the flip side.  Also limited to 300 copies, with a plain black sleeve and hand-numbered insert.  I have seen this record sell for a lot of money.  Must be the Misfits collectors getting in on it.  Of course, this was the one I didn't buy when I had the chance, since I already had all of the tracks on multiple other releases. These were all on white vinyl (as far as I know).  However, I came across a test pressing of it on black vinyl.  The inserts (the two on separate pieces of paper) are taped to the inner sleeve, and the 300 is crossed out and replaced with a number out of 15.  If it were just the inserts that were altered, I would be skeptical, but the fact that it is on a different color of vinyl tells me that it is a legit test pressing.  It also seems there was an additional pressing of this record.  Several copies started to surface with different inserts.  This pressing also appears to be of 300 , and is also numbered (though, of course, rule number one of dealing with bootlegs is don't trust bootleggers...).  This pressing caused the value of the original pressing to drop considerably.  The new Rocket insert steals some of the artwork from the RFTC album, which was released two years after the initial pressing of this boot.

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
1st Pressing - White 30-40 Down
2nd Pressing - White 20-30 Stable
Test Pressing Insert
Test Pressing

This page was last updated on February 11, 2013.

Apeshit at the BBC CD EP

Lipstick/Break It Up/When in Rome/Watusi '98/Panic Scam

Live at BBC Studios, July 1998, released 1998

The title pretty much says it all.  This cd surfaced very soon after the band made its triumphant return to the UK to promote RFTC in 1998.  Recorded in July, and I am pretty sure I got it in Japan in August.  Excellent version of Lipstick, and the instrumental "Watusi '98" is one of my favorite instrumentals of all time.  Wegi told me that Rocket was selling these when they were on tour in Germany in 1998.  So...did they actually catch a bootlegger, as they purportedly said for the two 7"s, or did they have a hand in the production?  Interesting...

Version Approximate value ($) Price Trending
CD 8-10 Stable

This page was last updated on February 9, 2013.

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